BAfter Charleston shootings, gun curbs dormant in Congress

President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks about gun violence at the Annual Meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Friday in San Francisco.

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers and activists on both sides of the gun issue say this week’s slaughter of nine people in a South Carolina church leaves the prospects that Congress would curb firearms right where they’ve been for years: dim for now.

President Barack Obama conceded Friday that congressional action to tighten federal firearms restrictions was unlikely soon. He said lawmakers will act eventually when they believe the public is demanding it.

Others cited little evidence that Wednesday’s killing of nine people in Charleston, South Carolina, would make congressional action more likely.

Connecticut Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy noted the Senate’s defeat of guns measures following the 2012 killings in Newtown, Connecticut. That’s when a gunman killed 26 children and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School there.